Sometimes, reducing your stress levels is easier said than done, especially if you have a tight schedule, but fortunately there is an easy way to do it that will only require will and organization from you.
Here are 5 daily tips to reduce your stress levels one day at a time:
1. Organize your weekly schedule
Make a list with 4 categories: Urgent, Goals, Fit in & Back-burner. Write the tasks you need to do depending on how pressing they are. Keep in mind that your schedule can change and that’s OK as having a flexible routine will allow you to lower your stress and having it organized this way will make you realize that although the week may look full you have enough time to do everything.
Also, delegate responsibilities such as cleaning your house. Even doing a general house cleaning can take you many hours of your day and leave you exhausted. Hire professional house cleaning services and you will notice the difference right away.
2. Prepare your next day in advance
Take one hour of your evening to prepare and pack your lunch and to prepare the clothes you will wear the next day. Put everything in strategic places so that in the morning you don’t waste time looking for everything. Preparation the night before really saves time the following day.
3. Slow down
Remind yourself often to be in the present and to enjoy the moment you are with. Take a deep breath and laugh about any circumstance that causes you stress or anxiety. Sit down, take a minute and enjoy your cup of coffee or tea without pressures.
Take a 5 minute break each hour to take a small walk outside or stretch out for a moment. Regular exercise helps lower stress and anxiety levels. Or if you have the time take 45 minutes to an hour of your day to do an exercise routine you enjoy. There’s no need to sweat to feel relaxed as even a 15 minute walk can work wonders.
5. Sleep well and enough
Not having enough sleep can change the way your adrenal hormones are secreted and can increase your stress levels. The same way, if you are already stressed, your adrenal glands are producing adrenaline and cortisol, two hormones that promote alertness, making it difficult to relax and fall asleep, therefore, if you’re stressed you can’t sleep, and if you can’t sleep you will be more stressed throughout the day.
Have at least 8 hours of sleep. Try to be in bed at 10 pm, turn off all electronic devices and meditate for 5 minutes before going to bed. This will help your brain relax and understand that it’s no longer time to think. It might be difficult at first, but once it becomes a habit, you will see great results.
We hope you find these tips useful!